07 December 2012

27 November 2012

Overdrive Class today RESCHEDULED!


 The new member Overdrive Class has been rescheduled to Thursday, Nov. 29 at 12:00 (noon) Eastern. 
All Green Mountain Library Consortium Members are welcome to attend!


The updated details are below:

Mark your calendar!  OverDrive training for Green Mountain Library Consortium.

OverDrive’s Training Team invites you to learn more about your download service from OverDrive.  A class has been scheduled for your group, and the details are outlined below.  Our expert trainers will answer your questions and provide tips and tricks to help make the most of your ‘Virtual Branch’. 

Please plan to attend!

CONFERENCE DETAILS

The following course is scheduled.  It will be hosted conveniently via web conference.

Just the Basics:  Browse, Check Out, Download

Thursday, November 29 at 12:00 PM Eastern.  Access Code:  5736006

Description:  Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media.  At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your OverDrive service.
Duration:  1.5 hours.
Who should attend:  All staff.

The trainer will be prepared to begin your training at the start time listed in this invite. If you need to reschedule your session, please provide 24 hours notice. If no attendees are present by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, I will provide you a recording of the session to share with your staff.

Please SAVE this email.  It includes complete instructions for attending the conference.  No further registration is needed.  If you have any questions, please contact:

Heather Valentine-Gold

_____________________________________________________________________

CONFERENCE SETUP:  Please complete all steps below.

The training will be conducted using ReadyTalk, which uses online web sharing and telephone conferencing.

Step 1:  Conference testing and setup – At least one day prior to conference
           
1.       Test your computer: Go to http://test.readytalk.com.
·         If your computer is setup properly for the conference, you'll see a green circle with a check mark.
·         If not, instructions will be provided to install an Adobe Flash Plugin.

2.       Internet connection:  OverDrive recommends using a hard line Internet connection rather than a wireless connection.

3.       Audio connection: 
·         A speaker phone is recommended for the audio conference. 
·         If your location wishes to attend but cannot dial in due to limited phone lines, please contact your OverDrive Project Manager for additional information.
·         ReadyTalk allows up to 96 locations to call in to each training.

4.       Location:  For the benefit of others on the call, please choose a quiet location for your training.

Step 2:  Web Conference Login – 10 to 15 minutes before the training begins
           
1.       Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').
2.       Open your Internet browser and go to:  www.readytalk.com.
3.       Locate the 'Join a Meeting' box.  Enter your access code.
4.       Next, Ready Talk will display the 'Participant Registration' screen.  Please enter your information as prompted, and our staff will send follow-up information after the call.

Step 3:  Audio Conference Login (required for audio) – 5 minutes before the training begins
           
1.     Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').
2.     Dial the appropriate number from your touch-tone phone. 

      Participants within US / Canada:  1.866.740.1260

Other participants outside North America:  Look up the International Toll-Free number for your location at http://www.readytalk.com/support.   To complete the look-up, enter your ReadyTalk access code.

3.     When prompted by the audio conference, enter your ReadyTalk access code.

15 November 2012

2013 Membership Agreements

Its almost the end of 2012! And that means you will be getting a renewal for your membership agreement in December. Just wanted to give your inquiring minds an answer for this common question.

Thanks!

12 November 2012

New marc records for ebooks and audiobooks

New marc records have been uploaded to the box widget (look in the Listen Up Vermont folder).
The new files are November 2012_ebooks.mrc and November 2012_audiobooks.mrc

05 November 2012

Just the Basics class: November 27, 1:30 p.m.


THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO Thursday, Nov. 29 at 12:00 (noon) Eastern.

All members of GMLC/Listen Up! Vermont are welcome to participate in this online class with OverDrive, covering "just the basics." Read on for further information about registering, etc. 
Mark your calendar!  OverDrive training for Green Mountain Library Consortium.
OverDrive’s Training Team invites you to learn more about your download service from OverDrive.  A class has been scheduled for your group, and the details are outlined below.  Our expert trainers will answer your questions and provide tips and tricks to help make the most of your ‘Virtual Branch’. 
Please plan to attend!
CONFERENCE DETAILS
The following course is scheduled.  It will be hosted conveniently via web conference.
Just the Basics:  Browse, Check Out, Download
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 12:00 (noon) Eastern.  Access Code:  5736194
Description:  Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media.  At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your OverDrive service.
Duration:  1.5 hours.
Who should attend:  All staff.
The trainer will be prepared to begin your training at the start time listed in this invite. If you need to reschedule your session, please provide 24 hours notice. If no attendees are present by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, I will provide you a recording of the session to share with your staff.
Please SAVE this email.  It includes complete instructions for attending the conference.  No further registration is needed.  If you have any questions, please contact:
Lyndsey Runyan or Judy Russell, Listen Up! Vermont Coordinators: vtaudiobooks@gmail.com
See what other courses OverDrive offers, download presentations, and listen to recordings:  http://www.overdrive.com/learningcenter.

__________
CONFERENCE SETUP:  Please complete all steps below.
The training will be conducted using ReadyTalk, which uses online web sharing and telephone conferencing.
Step 1:  Conference testing and setup – At least one day prior to conference
           
1.       Test your computer: Go to http://test.readytalk.com.
·         If your computer is setup properly for the conference, you'll see a green circle with a check mark.
·         If not, instructions will be provided to install an Adobe Flash Plugin.
 
2.       Internet connection:  OverDrive recommends using a hard line Internet connection rather than a wireless connection.
3.       Audio connection: 
·         A speaker phone is recommended for the audio conference. 
·         If your location wishes to attend but cannot dial in due to limited phone lines, please contact your OverDrive Project Manager for additional information.
·         ReadyTalk allows up to 96 locations to call in to each training.
4.       Location:  For the benefit of others on the call, please choose a quiet location for your training.
Step 2:  Web Conference Login – 10 to 15 minutes before the training begins
           
1.       Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').
2.       Open your Internet browser and go to:  www.readytalk.com.
3.       Locate the 'Join a Meeting' box.  Enter your access code.
4.       Next, Ready Talk will display the 'Participant Registration' screen.  Please enter your information as prompted, and our staff will send follow-up information after the call.
Step 3:  Audio Conference Login (required for audio) – 5 minutes before the training begins
           
1.     Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').
2.     Dial the appropriate number from your touch-tone phone. 
      Participants within US / Canada:  1.866.740.1260

Other participants outside North America:  Look up the International Toll-Free number for your location at
http://www.readytalk.com/support.   To complete the look-up, enter your ReadyTalk access code.
3.     When prompted by the audio conference, enter your ReadyTalk access code.

04 November 2012

Remember to include your OverDrive stats for 2011!


As you are completing your VT DOL statistics/standards report, don't forget to visit ContentReserve to get your individual library's downloadables statistics.


After logging in to your account, Click on Reports>View Activity Charts. Next, enter in your branch, select the format (select more than one by pressing Ctrl), and the time period (in this case, 01/01/2011 to 12/31/2011), and wait for the magic to happen!

If you haven't done this before, or have misplaced your login information, please email the Listen Up! Coordinators and we'll get you back in business.

Listen Up! Vermont, a service to members of the Green Mountain Library Consortium, currently owns 2,247 audiobook titles (2,726 copies) and 2,071 eBook titles ( 2,416 copies), provides access to another 82 licensed eBook titles, and over 100 Maximum Access (always available) titles.

In 2011, there were 50,988 checkouts by 6,899 unique patrons. (For comparison purposes, we have already lent 67,677 items to date in 2012, to 8,587 unique patrons. We are growing by leaps and bounds!)

 

27 October 2012

OverDrive releases OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8!

From our friends at OverDrive:

We’re excited to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v1.0 for Windows® 8.

OMC for Windows 8 supports EPUB eBooks and MP3 Audiobooks.

The audiobook player features player controls, book details, MediaMarkers and Parts on a single, horizontally-scrolling screen. The eBook reader features single or multi-column display depending on the size and orientation of your screen, bookmarks, table of contents, and adjustable font size. Like our other apps, users can find their libraries using the ‘Get Books’ functionality. See screenshots and read more at the Windows Store.

The system requirements are simple – the app will work on computers and devices with Windows 8 installed.

The app is available from:

20 October 2012

GMBA Titles on Listen Up! Vermont

The following 2012-13 GMBA titles are available on Listen Up! Vermont. This represents all that is currently available through OverDrive.



Donnelly - REVOLUTION  e-book
Donoghue - ROOM  audio (and available through Max Access)
Fisher - INCARCERON  audio
Gray - OSTRICH BOYS   e-book and audio
Katcher - ALMOST PERFECT  e-book and audio
Perkins - ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS  audio
Pierson - BOY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND NEVER HAD TO      e-book
Priest - BONESHAKER   audio
Roth - DIVERGENT e-book (3 copies of Divergent/Insurgent)


15 October 2012

OverDrive’s Mobile Apps for Android and iOS Updated!

Big news from our friends at OverDrive:

We’re happy to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.6 for Android™ and iOS (iPhone® / iPad® / iPod touch®).

With this release we’re bringing the OverDrive-powered website browsing experience inside the app. Now that the browser is part of the app users will be able to open the website directly from the app.

Other updates include…

  • Audiobook player redesigned in both OMC for Android and OMC for iOS.
  • iPhone 5 support in OMC for iOS.
  • ActionBar support for OMC for Android in Honeycomb (and newer).
  • Goodreads added to the sharing options.

We’ve also added analytics to OMC v2.6. OMC for Android and iOS now use Google Analytics to compile anonymous usage data. We’ll use this data to make decisions about the features on which we should focus in future versions of OMC. We do not collect personally identifiable information. Users can opt-out of sending anonymous usage data in the app.

This release also includes bug fixes and performance updates.

The system requirements remain the same. The free apps can be installed on phones and devices running…

  • Android v2.1 (or newer)
  • iOS v4.2 (or newer)

The updated app is available from:

06 October 2012

OverDrive App Comes to NOOK®

Nook eReaders and tablets now carry the Overdrive Media Console app. For more details, link to the OverDrive Digital Library Blog below.

OverDrive App Comes to NOOK®

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan | American Libraries Magazine

Many of you have probably already had a chance to read this, but it bears sharing again. Let us know your thoughts in regards to Vermont and Listen Up! in the comments section below.

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan | American Libraries Magazine

CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries.

The open letter states:
It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is “no good here.” Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishers’ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing e-books from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their e-books for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users.

Let’s be clear on what this means: If our libraries’ digital bookshelves mirrored the New York Times fiction best-seller list, we would be missing half of our collection any given week due to these publishers’ policies. The popular “Bared to You” and “The Glass Castle” are not available in libraries because libraries cannot purchase them at any price. Today’s teens also will not find the digital copy of Judy Blume’s seminal “Forever,” nor today’s blockbuster “Hunger Games” series.
Not all publishers are following the path of these three publishers. In fact, hundreds of publishers of e-books have embraced the opportunity to create new sales and reach readers through our nation’s libraries. One recent innovation allows library patrons to immediately purchase an e-book if the library doesn’t have a copy or if there is a wait list they would like to avoid. This offers a win-win relationship for both publishers and library users since recent research from the Pew Internet Project tells us that library users are more than twice as likely to have bought their most recent book as to have borrowed it from a library.

Libraries around the country are developing mobile applications and online discovery systems that make it easier to explore books and authors on the go. Seventy-six percent of public libraries now offer e-books — double the number from only five years ago — and 39 percent of libraries have purchased and circulate e-readers. Public libraries alone spend more than $1.3 billion annually on their collections of print, audio, video, and electronic materials. They are investing not only in access to content and devices, but also in teaching the skills needed to navigate and utilize digital content successfully.

Librarians understand that publishing is not just another industry. It has special and important significance to society. Libraries complement and, in fact, actively support this industry by supporting literacy and seeking to spread an infectious and lifelong love of reading and learning. Library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers.

Publishers, libraries and other entities have worked together for centuries to sustain a healthy reading ecosystem — celebrating our society’s access to the complete marketplace of ideas. Given the obvious value of libraries to publishers, it simply does not add up that any publisher would continue to lock out libraries. It doesn’t add up for me, it doesn’t add up for ALA’s 60,000 members, and it definitely doesn’t add up for the millions of people who use our libraries every month.
America’s libraries have always served as the “people’s university” by providing access to reading materials and educational opportunity for the millions who want to read and learn but cannot afford to buy the books they need. Librarians have a particular concern for vulnerable populations that may not have any other access to books and electronic content, including individuals and families who are homebound or low-income. To deny these library users access to e-books that are available to others — and which libraries are eager to purchase on their behalf — is discriminatory.

We have met and talked sincerely with many of these publishers. We have sought common ground by exploring new business models and library lending practices. But these conversations only matter if they are followed by action: Simon & Schuster must sell to libraries. Macmillan must implement its proposed pilot. Penguin must accelerate and expand its pilots beyond two urban New York libraries.
We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s — and tomorrow’s — readers.The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to e-books as they have to printed books.

So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers and inventors. Books and knowledge — in all their forms — are essential. Access to them must not be denied.www.ala.org

07 September 2012

Take advantage of OverDrive's Training Month!

Click on the image below to take advantage of
great resources for staff and patron training this month.
 







06 September 2012

Woo-hoo!

Well, now we've gone and done it. As of today, we have surpassed our 2011 record for total checkouts of all available formats in a 12-month period--and we did it in nine months! Yup. Take a look at this:


 
We owe a debt of gratitude to our member libraries, our partners at OverDrive, the founders and current Board of the Green Mountain Library Consortium, the Listen Up! Vermont Committee (past and present), the Vermont Department of Libraries and the State of Vermont for their financial support, and especially to our fabulous patrons throughout the state! (I suppose some thanks ought to go to E.L. James, too :)
 
The numbers are flabergasting. Despite all the challenges laid before us by uncertain publishers, the myriad devices and applications we and our users have had to learn to operate (and troubleshoot), and the inevitable time constraints of committed but busy volunteers, Listen Up! Vermont has, I'd say, surpassed expectations.
 
What's next? You tell us! Click on the image below to learn more about these trends nationwide. And, CONGRATULATIONS. Nicely done!
 
Welcome to the future of reading!

 
 
 
 
 
 


AudioFile Reviews now on ListenUp!Vermont website

AudioFile Reviews are now available on the Listen Up! Vermont website. Thanks to OverDrive, this resource has been provided to us free of charge.

AudioFile, the only magazine devoted to audio books, is indispensable for anyone who enjoys spoken-word audio, with more than 100 audio book reviews in each issue. To see how these reviews render at the website, click here and look just below the Description of the audiobook.

As a reminder, AudioFile reviews are subjective; the reviews do not always provide positive reviews of given audio book titles. OverDrive does not edit or filter the reviews in any way.

For more about AudioFile, visit the website at www.AudioFileMagazine.com.

23 August 2012

VT Tech Unconference

**PLEASE EXCUSE ANY CROSS POSTINGS**

Last call for registration!

VERMONT TECH UNCONFERENCE :: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 :: NOON-4:30 PM :: MIDSTATE REGIONAL SERVICE CENTER

SPACE IS LIMITED!
Register and help us to generate the agenda by sharing your ideas,
questions, and concerns:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFBtWU1VY1Q5bTFodXlGblNDZlpFSkE6MQ

Schedule:
12:00-12:15 meet-greet-mingle-snack
12:15-1:00 intros, overview, anything else, voting on sessions
1:00-1:45 3 breakout sessions
1:45-2:30 3 breakout sessions
2:30-3:15 3 breakout sessions
3:30 evaluation and follow up
 
10 tentative sessions based on grouping what people identified on the web form so far:
Together we'll vote on the schedule, additional topics, and anything else that doesn't fit this framework

*  Keeping up and finding time
*  eContent/eBooks/downloadables/online resources
* Devices/Gadgets/eReaders/iPads
* Open Source ILS - KOHA and Evergreen
* Maintaining hardware, printing, wifi, networking, access control
* Websites and social media
* Mobile apps, usability, and connectivity
* Technology training, instruction, and programming for staff and public
* Tech & organizational culture/change: winning support, budgeting, fear, IT
* Makers, digital collections, digital media, content creation

What is an unconference? An unconference is a format, different than a
workshop or lecture, a participant-driven approach celebrating our
everyday problem solving. We’ll collect your ideas before the date and
create sessions that center on a tech topic. You can expect to attend
3-4 roundtable sessions with colleagues, sharing challenges and
innovations.

Our purpose: bring people together, of all skill levels, that manage
technology in Vermont’s public libraries, to discuss the best tools,
how to manage them, and move our libraries forward. Hear what other
libraries are doing and to share your ideas.

*3 credits can be applied to the technology requirement for DOL certification    

13 August 2012

OverDrive’s Mobile Apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone Updated!

From our friends at OverDrive:

We’re happy to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.5 for Android™, iOS (iPhone® / iPad® / iPod touch®) and Windows® Phone.

With this release we’re bringing social media and email sharing to the OverDrive Media Console experience. On each of the platforms users have the option to share from within the title. Selecting a title’s Share button causes different things to happen depending on the operating system.
On Android…
Users will be able to share…
  • on Facebook
  • on any social media app/service installed on the device (Twitter, TweetDeck, Google+, etc.)
  • via email
On iOS…
Users will be able to share…
  • on Facebook
  • on Twitter
  • via email
On Windows Phone…
Users will be able to share…
  • on Facebook
This release also includes bug fixes and performance updates.
OverDrive Media Console v2.5 for Android now requires Android v2.1 (or newer). Otherwise, the system requirements for iOS and Windows Phone 7 remain the same. The free apps can be installed on phones and devices running…
  • Android v2.1 (or newer)
  • iOS v4.2 (or newer)
  • Windows Phone 7
Users with OverDrive Media Console already installed will be notified that an update is available.
The updated app is available from:

02 August 2012

Overdrive's Training Month


Overdrive has arranged a month of trainings for all library and school staff members, free of charge. Click on the image above or HERE for the details!

25 July 2012

OverDrive training for Green Mountain Library Consortium

Mark your calendar!  OverDrive training for Green Mountain Library Consortium

OverDrive’s Training Team invites you to learn more about your download service from OverDrive.  A class has been scheduled for your group, and the details are outlined below.  Our expert trainers will answer your questions and provide tips and tricks to help make the most of your ‘Virtual Branch’. 

Please plan to attend!

CONFERENCE DETAILS

The following course is scheduled.  It will be hosted conveniently via web conference.

Just the Basics:  Browse, Check Out, Download

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM Eastern  Access Code: 5736194

Description:  Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media.  At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your OverDrive service.
Duration:  1.5 hours.
Who should attend:  All staff.

The trainer will be prepared to begin your training at the start time listed in this invite. If you need to reschedule your session, please provide 24 hours notice. If no attendees are present by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, I will provide you a recording of the session to share with your staff.
 

20 July 2012

Good News, Bad News on the eBook Front


"New reports from the American Libraries Association and Pew Internet and American Life Project reveal that despite the increasing number of e-books available to library patrons, libraries themselves face big challenges in weathering the transition."


Check out this 6/21/12 article published on paidcontent.org: "Yeah, e-books are great — but libraries are in a tough spot," by Laura Hazard Owen. Ring true for your library? Agree? Disagree? Feel free to leave your comments below.

16 July 2012

New MARC records

We have new marc records available for download. To find them on the blog, go to the side panel on the right, click on the "marc records" widget, and open the "Listen Up ! Vermont folder. We receive the marc records as onesies and twosies and compile them in a larger file. There are two compiled files, May_2012_audiobooks, and May_2012_ebooks.

12 July 2012

VT Library Tech Club & UnConference

*Please excuse any cross postings*

From : Joshua Muse, Technology/Communications Specialist, Burnham Memorial Library

Greetings. I’d like to take this opportunity to invite anyone with an interest to join what we’re calling the VT Library Tech Club. It’s intended to be an informal group to discuss technology in libraries, to ask questions, share experiences, and collaborate within the state. We’re not assuming a particular level of experience with technology, just an interest in the topic. We’ve created a Google Group to give us a venue for communication – it’s located at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vt-library-tech-club . Or, if you have any questions, or would like to join, please feel free to get in touch with me at jmuse{at}colchestervt.gov .

In addition, I’d like to mention the Library Technology Unconference, which is taking place on Thursday, September 13th, from Noon-4:30 pm, in Berlin:

The purpose of this Unconference is to bring together a network of technologists of all levels in Vermont's public libraries, to discuss the best tools available to our public, make way for tech savvy leaders, manage organizational change, and move our libraries forward. Come to hear what other libraries are doing and to share your innovative ideas. Click here to register - http://bit.ly/I5uZ0W

Thanks,
Josh

25 June 2012

Listen Up! Vermont Receives eBook Grant from VT DOL

Thank you!

The GMLC Board is very pleased to announce that Listen Up! Vermont has received a grant of $10,000 to be used toward the development of the eBook collection. We are very grateful for this generous gift. Your patrons should see an increase in the eBook offerings immediately and, with any luck, a decrease in hold times. We would appreciate hearing any requests patrons may have passed along to you for specific eBook titles. As always, we will strive to maintain a balance of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books across all genres. If you have a moment, send your thanks to the Department of Libraries by contacting Martha Reid, State Librarian, at martha.reid@state.vt.us. Happy eReading! 
~Judy Russell, Listen Up! Coordinator

23 June 2012

Here's the SCOOP!


***Please excuse any cross postings***

The Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC) is proud to be a part of the SCOOP PURCHASING COOPERATIVE!

Along with New Hampshire Libraries & Members of the Maine Regional Library System, GMLC members will be able to take advantage of discounts and *free* shipping from many vendors for Print & Multimedia Materials, Furniture, Equipment & Library Supplies and Technology Supplies.

All of the details are outlined in the Vendor Discount Catalog and will be effective from July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015 as long you are an active member in GMLC.  The Vendor Discount Catalog is available online and may be accessed with a login & password by one member of your library staff.

One member of your library must sign the electronic agreement for the conditions of  SCOOP and then that person will receive the url, login & password for SCOOP via the email they’ve given.

An email invitation was sent for this form to your GMLC contact.  If you did not receive an email invitation and your library is a current member of GMLC, please send a request to Mary Danko at HartlandDir[at]vermontel.net

This program is a benefit of being a member of the Green Mountain Library Consortium.  Special thanks to Wendy Hysko for pursuing and organizing this project.  If you would like to volunteer to help with other consortium projects that can save us money, please contact Mary Danko at HartlandDir[at]vermontel.net

07 June 2012

Update for Windows Phone

Overdrive is pleased to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.4.2 for Windows® Phone. With this release, users can enjoy “look and feel” changes, bug fixes and performance updates.

The system requirements are still the same. The free app can be installed on phones and devices running Windows Phone 7 .

Users with OverDrive Media Console already installed will be notified that an update is available.

The updated app is available from: Windows Marketplace  and
http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc . Snazzy!

21 May 2012

New Updates from OverDrive

OverDrive’s Mobile Apps for Android and iOS Updated!


Our friends at OverDrive are pleased to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.4.2 for Android™ and iOS (iPhone® / iPad® / iPod touch®).

With this release, users of these apps can enjoy "look and feel" changes, bug fixes and performance updates. Android users can also use widgets to play audiobooks right from the home screen or to resume reading eBooks with a single tap.

The system requirements are still the same. The free apps can be installed on phones and devices running…
  • Android v1.5 (or newer)
  •  iOS v4.2 (or newer)

Users with OverDrive Media Console already installed will be notified that an update is available.



The updated app is available from:

App Store

Google Play

http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc

-adapted from ContentReserve


'12-'13 DCF Nominees - Title Update


See the '12-'13 list here!


Unfortunately, OverDrive does not offer all the titles on the fabulous new DCF nominee list at this time. I have compiled a list of content currently available at listenupvermont.org below and will continue to amend the list as the titles become available. I will soon do the same with Red Clover and GMBA titles. You may always email vtaudiobooks with your questions about specific titles &/or award nominees--or any other content for that matter!

YES--Already own &/or purchased 5/16/12

  • Lemonade Crime (ordered 2 eBooks)
  • Cheshire Cheese Cat (ordered 1 WMA audio)
  • R My Name is Rachel (ordered 2 WMA audios)
  • Small as an Elephant (ordered 2 eBooks)
  • Heart and Soul (own 1, bought 1 WMA audio)
  • When Life Gives You O.J. (bought 1 eBook)
  • A Dog's Way Home (bought 1 WMA audio--available 6/26/12--title will appear in library for holds, but not available till 6/26)
  • Bluefish (bought 2 eBooks)
  • Okay for Now (own 1 eBook and 1 WMA audio)
  • Storm Runners, Book 1 (bought 1 WMA audio--will prob. buy Books 2 & 3 soon)
  • The Running Dream (own 1 eBook and 1 WMA audio)
  • Water Balloon (bought 1 eBook)

NO--Not available through OverDrive as of 5/16/12--will continue to check

  • City of Orphans
  • Close to Famous
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Troublemaker
  • Titanic Sinks!
  • Amelia Lost
  • Hidden
  • Addie on the Inside
  • Inside Out and Back Again
  • Waiting for the Magic
  • The Apothecary
  • The Flint Heart
  • Drawing from Memory
  • Wonderstruck
  • The Great Wall of Lucy Lu
  • Silver Bowl
  • The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
  • Warp Speed

10 May 2012

Goodbye Hunger Games, Hello Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Well, what do you know? Fifty Shades of Grey has taken over the top place from The Hunger Games for holds ratio within Listen Up! Vermont. I'll be adding additional copies today, but meanwhile please advise your patrons to hold tight and put their names on the list (average wait time is currently 13.75 days). And tell those Hunger Games aficionados the odds may be forever in their favor now! While there are currently still 76 holds on the Hunger Games audio, the ratio is much lower than for the 35 current holds on the Fifty Shades eBook (though I will be amending that, as I said).

  • I'll take this opportunity to explain, too, that long waiting lists for Nevada Barr's Hard Truth and High Country, Patricia Cornwell's Hornet's Nest, James Patterson's Don't Blink, and Nicholas Sparks's Safe Haven (all eBooks) are out of our control since we are unable to buy multiple copies of these from the publisher at this time. I will work to reduce the waiting periods on the latest from Badacci, Penny, and Winspear, however. And remember, we have 3,730 titles in the collection (2,111 audios and 1,619 eBooks), with 4,334 total copies in all formats--and constantly growing. There's something there for everyone!

  • Fun facts: In the month of April there were 6,227 total checkouts. Year-to-date so far: 28,744. Pretty impressive! Rutland, Brooks, Ilsley, and Essex Free have all already topped 1,000 checkouts this year.

  • Many thanks to our collection development team--Joan LaJoie (Richmond Free), Karen O'Donnell-Leach (St. Johnsbury Athenaeum), and Kip Roberts (Pierson Library, Shelburne)--for keeping us up-to-date and well-rounded. Title suggestions are always welcome. And a special thanks to Nancy Tusinski, who has retired from her duties as Maximum Access coordinator, to focus on her new position as Director of the Weathersfield proctor Library. Thanks, Nancy, and congratulations! (We're always happy to welcome new volunteers.)

Remember to check out the new look on our blog, too!

See you at VLA,
Judy Russell, Coordinator
Listen Up! Vermont

27 April 2012

Solution to Windows 7/OMC Security Upgrade Problem

We submitted a ticket to OverDrive yesterday on behalf of a user who was unable to run the security upgrade in OverDrive Media Console (OMC) while running Windows 7. Our good friends in support provided us with a solution within 30 minutes. In case you have patrons experiencing a similar problem, here's the fix from Luke at Support Services:

"We believe this issue can be resolved by following the steps outlined at the Microsoft support link below. This process involves using the 'ResetDRM' tool to reset the DRM (Digital Rights Management) for Windows Media Player.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976590

Once they have performed the steps above, they can verify the upgrade is complete by opening OverDrive Media Console and going to 'Help > About OverDrive Media Console'. The version of DRM listed should be 2.9.0.1."
 
Good luck, and if those of you who are reading this in an email have a minute, click over to www.vtaudiobooks.blogspot.com and see our new look!

26 April 2012

Online Class! Just the Basics: Browse, Check Out, Download Training from OverDrive

Mark your calendar! OverDrive is providing a class for members of Green Mountain Library Consortium. This training is designed for new members but anyone can sign up. There's always something new to learn!


OverDrive’s Training Team invites you to learn more about your download service from OverDrive. A class has been scheduled for your group, and the details are outlined below. Our expert trainers will answer your questions and provide tips and tricks to help make the most of your ‘Virtual Branch’.

CONFERENCE DETAILS

The following course is scheduled. It will be hosted conveniently via web conference.

Just the Basics: Browse, Check Out, Download

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM Eastern. Access Code: 5736157

Description: Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media. At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your OverDrive service.

Duration: 1.5 hours.

Who should attend: All staff.

The trainer will be prepared to begin your training at the start time listed in this invite. If you need to reschedule your session, please provide 24 hours notice. If no attendees are present by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, I will provide you a recording of the session to share with your staff.

Please SAVE this email. It includes complete instructions for attending the conference. No further registration is needed. If you have any questions, please contact:

Judy Russell or Mary Danko at vtaudiobooks@gmail.com
CONFERENCE SETUP: Please complete all steps below.

The training will be conducted using ReadyTalk, which uses online web sharing and telephone conferencing.

Step 1: Conference testing and setup – At least one day prior to conference

1. Test your computer: Go to http://test.readytalk.com.
· If your computer is set up properly for the conference, you'll see a green circle with a check mark.
· If not, instructions will be provided to install an Adobe Flash Plugin.

2. Internet connection: OverDrive recommends using a hard line Internet connection rather than a wireless connection.

3. Audio connection:  A speaker phone is recommended for the audio conference.
· If your location wishes to attend but cannot dial in due to limited phone lines, please contact your OverDrive Project Manager for additional information.
 · ReadyTalk allows up to 96 locations to call in to each training.

4. Location: For the benefit of others on the call, please choose a quiet location for your training.

Step 2: Web Conference Login – 10 to 15 minutes before the training begins

1. Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').

2. Open your Internet browser and go to: www.readytalk.com.

3. Locate the 'Join a Meeting' box. Enter your access code.

4. Next, Ready Talk will display the 'Participant Registration' screen. Please enter your information as prompted, and our staff will send follow-up information after the call.


Step 3: Audio Conference Login (required for audio) – 5 minutes before the training begins

1. Make a note of the ReadyTalk access code listed in this email for the date and time you are attending (from 'Conference Details').

2. Dial the appropriate number from your touch-tone phone.

Participants within US / Canada: 1.866.740.1260

3. When prompted by the audio conference, enter your ReadyTalk access code.

23 March 2012

Grant writing help needed

GMLC did not receive the Vermont Dept. of Libraries Winnie Belle Grant for Children's downloadable audio books & eBooks this year.  I would like to thank Virgil Fuller for his work on this grant.  GMLC would like to pursue other grant opportunities for downloadable content and are asking for volunteers to help with the grant writing.  Please contact me or Judy Russell if you are able to help.  Thank you!  Mary Danko  vtaudiobooks [at] gmail.com

22 March 2012

ListenUp!Vermont Facts and Figures


To follow up our post last week about library e-books and GMLC, I want to share a few fun facts about our collection and how it is currently being used. I am happy to post such information on a regular basis if you find it illuminating and/or useful.

Here are some statistics gleaned from ContentReserve about ListenUp!Vermont's collection of e-books and audios:

Total # of purchased e-books in the collection: 1979
Total # of purchased audios in the collection: 1460
(Note that this does not include the Always Available titles)

Total # of unique patrons checking out titles: 17,343 (current: 1153)
Total # of checkouts to date: 132,009 (current: 1884)

Total # of checkouts for February 2012: 6219
Of those, # of e-books: 3102; # of audiobooks: 3117

For eye-popping comparison,
Total  # of checkouts for February 2010: 1746
Ttotal # of checkouts for February 2011: 3209
(And no, I don't think this leap year accounts for the jump! :)

# of titles added in February 2012: 61 (not all unique titles, some are additional titles of ones already purchased, to meet demand)

Top 5 Checkouts Overall for February 2012
Caleb's Crossing, Brooks (audio)
Comfort Food, Jacobs (audio)
Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky (audio)
Explosive Eighteen, Evanovich (audio)
First Drop of Crimson, Frost (audio)

Top 5 E-book Checkouts for February 2012
The Litigators, Grisham
Explosive Eighteen, Evanovich
The Next Always, Roberts
The Help, Stockett
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Larsson

These lists are not the entire story, however. We need to take into consideration the number of holds a book has to determine its popularity and importance to the collection as well. Thus,

Top 5 Holds Overall for February 2012
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer (e-book)
Hunger Games, Collins (audio)
The Drop, Connelly (audio)
Mockingjay, Collins (audio)
The Anatomist's Apprentice, Harris (audio)

In response to high demand for specific content, the ListenUp!Vermont coordinator determines which titles to buy in multiple and which to leave at a single copy. This is determined by a highly unscientific algorithm of price, genre, author, and gut feeling. For instance, We have been able to purchase 5 copies of the audio version of Hunger Games because of its phenomenal popularity. (I don't know about you, but my adult patrons seem to be just discovering the series and are checking it out with more frequency than the teens now.) With the unexpected demand for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (due in part to the movie, I suspect, and maybe to its being assigned in high schools), we were able to be proactive and purchase 6 copies, because they are available from Houghton Mifflin for a mere $14.95 a pop.

We have been less able to meet demand on books like Susan Cain's nonfiction title Quiet because Random House is charging $78.00 per e-book and $74.00 per audio. It is difficult to predict how long the interest will remain on a title like this and how much ought to be invested. As of today, we own one e-book and two audio versions of the book. Today, there are 18 holds on the e-book and 2 on the audio. Tricky, right?

And then there are the publishers we've mentioned who are selling only single copies of popular books like Patterson's Don't Blink, which currently has 20 holds. Hachette Digital will not sell more than one copy to libraries. As Mary has emphasized, letting the publishers know how this impacts your library is important.

The longest waits are for Kindle users, simply because of the ubiquity of the device. There are more Kindle users overall. It might be helpful for you to remind your Kindle users that they can return content early by going to their Amazon account>Kindle>Manage Your Kindle>Your Kindle Library>Actions. That could have a positive impact on the wait periods.

I would encourage you to look frequently at your ContentReserve account at Overdrive (let me know if you need login information) and see what your library's statistics are. Communicate with your patrons about what's popular, what's new, and what's available. My experience is that many eager patrons are not fully adept at how to work the ListenUp! site to thier best advantage--e.g., searching for only currently available titles to reduce frustration, joining wait lists even if the number of holds is intimidating (many people cancel their holds and the queue moves along faster than you would guess), and considering a different format for the same title, if they have the technology.

I hope you have found this helpful. If there are other facts or numbers you're curious about, leave me a comment and I will respond as quickly as I can.

~Judy Russell
ListenUp!Vermont Coordinator
Director, Fairlee Public Library